German army helps fight COVID-19 outbreak in slaughterhouse | AFP

25 German army soldiers were called in to help health authorities test employees at a large slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, North Rhine-Westphalia, where more than 700 positive cases of COVID-19 were detected. IMAGES

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Some German students return to class in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis | AFP

German final-year students at the Luise-von-Duesberg High School in Kempen, North Rhine-Westphalia, return to class with social distancing measures to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Environmental activists enter grounds of open-cast mine in Germany | AFP

Environmental activists break through a police cordon to enter the grounds of the open-cast lignite Garzweiler mine in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia. IMAGES

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Strong lightning strike caught on cam as ‘biblical’ storms wreak havoc in Germany

Heavy rain and hail storms battered North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday, leaving several towns and cities such as Dusseldorf, Wuppertal and Aachen completely flooded.

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RAW: Strong tornado ravages through Western Germany, leaving at least two injured

An unusually strong tornado hit western Germany on Wednesday evening, as shown in footage filmed in Schwalmtal, North Rhine-Westphalia. Two people were injured in Viersen, 10km (6.2mi) northeast of Schwalmtal, which was hit especially hard by the natural phenomenon. The F3 category tornado lasted around 10 minutes and damaged 40 to 50 houses in the process. Due to the many fallen trees, roads were blocked and a train line was closed. A tornado of this scale is a rarity in Germany.

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